Handmade Gift Idea: Sweet Rice Gift Jar


About six weeks ago, I decided I would get serious about shedding some pounds. (I so love my sweets and cheesy food!) I’m so happy to say that the Lord has helped keep me motivated. Usually, my desire for food far outweighs my desire to get back to my pre-married weight.

These past six weeks, with the obvious exception of Thanksgiving and special ocassions, I’ve stuck to a special diet I created for myself. One important thing I’ve done is remove most desserts from my diet – that’s a HUGE deal for me! Once I shed “some” pounds,

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Recipe: Super Simple Baked Pumpkin Seeds


With Thanksgiving just days away, it’s been that time of year for anything pumpkin. I enjoy pumpkin pie, but I’ve never been CRAZY about it. I do, however, LOVE pumpkin lattes. I also enjoy baked pumpkin seeds. They’re healthy, practically free, and very easy to prepare. I baked a couple batches just recently.

To start the whole process, I decided to try The Prairie Homestead’s method of baking the pumpkins whole – and what a great idea that was! After the pumpkins cooled off, but were still warm, I removed all the seeds from one of

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A No-Waste Pumpkin


There are countless ways to put to good use all parts (rind, pulp, fibrous strands, and seeds) of a pumpkin. Here are just a few ways. We’d love to hear how your family uses pumpkins. Be sure to share your ideas in the comments area. Pumpkin Rind

Compost Worm Food

Red wiggler compost worms LOVE pumpkin rind, or so I’ve read. I started my worm “farm” back in March, so this is the first real opportunity I’ve had to feed them this fall/harvest/Thanksgiving treat. They’ll be feasting on some pumpkin rinds very soon.

Don’t have compost

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How to Dice a Mango


Someone asked me how I dice mangos for mango salsa. Here’s the easy 3-step process. 1. Peel the mango with a vegetable peeler. 2. Cut vertical wedges. 3. Place the wedges flat side down, and slice them into rows and columns.

That’s how I dice mangos (and apples, for creamy apple pies).

If you missed the mango salsa recipe, click here. Here’s an avocado, mango, and lime salad recipe you might also enjoy, from A Delightful Home.

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Recipe: A Cucumber Snack


Looking for an easy recipe to put those garden cucumbers to good use? Here’s a recipe for a YUMMY cucumber snack! [Join me over at Frugal Granola for this post.]

This was shared on the following blog hops or link-ups: Home and Garden Thursday Homestead Barn Hop The Morristribe’s Homesteader Blog Carnival Simple Lives Thursday Teach Me Tuesday | Homemaking Link-Up Tuesday – Thankful Homemaker Weekly Link Up

Jumbo Jar Fruit Medley Centerpiece


James 5:7-8 (7) Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. (8) You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

I saw this monster size (1 gallon) canning jar a couple months ago at a grocery/department store. It can’t be used for actual canning, but as a table centerpiece and serving dish (sort of) the possibilities are endless!!

It’s perfect for a

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